Miami has explored the possibility of sending Mario Chalmers out in a sign-and-trade to add more talent, sources tell Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). The Heat are meeting with LeBron James today after agreeing to deals with Josh McRoberts for the value of the non-taxpayer’s mid-level exception and Danny Granger for the equivalent of the bi-annual exception.
Chalmers, 28, struggled mightily in the playoffs, averaging only 6.4 points per contest, and was benched for the team’s final postseason game. It was the first time he didn’t start for the Heat in the past three seasons, and he recorded a career-high 14.0 PER this past year during the regular season. He tied his career mark with 4.9 assists per game, and his 9.8 PPG approached his best, too.
The Sam Goldfeder client has expressed interest in returning to Miami for next season. Still, the Heat made a run at Kyle Lowry before he re-signed with the Raptors, and the club apparently envisions bringing in someone new to play his role. Chalmers would have to agree to go elsewhere in any sign-and-trade, though the Heat could attempt to force his hand and decline to make an offer for him to stay.